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Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced several Boards and Commissions appointments today. The appointments were to the 17th Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission; the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators; the Cold Case Oversight Task Force; the Colorado Health Services Corps Advisory Council; the Hospital Provider Fee Oversight and Advisory Board; the Nurse Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Health Care; and the Scenic and Historic Byways Commission.

 

Colorado’s 22 judicial districts have judicial district nominating commissions that select nominees for district and county judicial vacancies. Each district nominating commission is chaired by a justice of the Supreme Court, who is a non-voting member of the commission.

 

The member appointed to the 17th Judicial District Nominating Commission for a term effective immediately and expiring Dec. 31, 2018:

  • Margaret Burd of Thornton, to serve as a non-attorney and a Democrat from Adams County, and occasioned by the resignation of Michelle DiMartino of Broomfield.

 

The Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators licenses nursing home operators and may conduct hearings to revoke, suspend, deny or reissue licenses. The member appointed for a term expiring July 1, 2017:

  • Helen Kay Whitener of Pueblo West, to serve as representative of a continuum care administration.

 

The Cold Case Oversight Task Force creates a database related to each homicide investigation that is open in a Colorado jurisdiction dating back to 1970 and that are at least three years old. The members appointed for terms expiring Oct. 1, 2016:

  • Sterling Marie Harris of Denver, to serve as a representative of a statewide victims advocacy organization.

  • Robert Wells of Longmont, to serve as a representative of a statewide victims advocacy organization.

 

The Colorado Health Services Corps Advisory Council oversees a loan repayment program that uses state and federal funds and contributions from local communities and private sources to help repay the outstanding education loans that many physicians and other health professionals hold. In exchange for repayment of these loans, the physicians and other health professionals will commit to provide health care services in local communities with underserved health care needs throughout the state. The member appointed for a term expiring Nov. 20, 2016:

  • Karen A. Funk of Broomfield, to serve as a person with expertise in providing health care in rural and other medically underserved areas of the state.

 

The Hospital Provider Fee Oversight and Advisory Board is responsible for working with the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and the Medical Services Board to develop the hospital provider fee model, monitor implementation of the bill, help with preparation of annual reports on this program and ensure that the Medicaid and CHP+ eligibility expansions are implemented as intended. The appointment must be confirmed by the Colorado Senate.The member appointed for a term expiring May 15, 2015:

  • John Gardner of Yuma, to serve as an employee of a rural hospital in Colorado, and to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Henry Garvin of Alamosa.

 

The Nurse Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Health Care promotes public safety and improve health care in Colorado by supporting collaboration and communication between the practices of nursing and medicine. The members appointed for terms expiring Sept. 11, 2016:

  • Marion Thornton of Aurora, recommended by and representing a statewide professional nursing association.

  • Lloyd Bernard Lifton of Durango, recommended by and representing a statewide physicians’ organization, reappointed.

 

The Scenic and Historic Byways Commission works with state agencies, the U.S. Forest Services, the Bureau of Land Management, local byways organizations and public and private resources to assist in the development of byways management plans, including interpretation, promotion and protection of distinctive byways characteristics. The commission also helps to coordinate the budgeting process and allocation of federal, state, and private funds for the purpose of byway improvement. The member appointed for a term expiring Jan. 1, 2014:

  • Shannon Gifford of Denver, to serve as a representative from the Colorado Transportation Commission, and occasioned by the resignation of Leslie W. Gruen of Colorado Springs, Colorado, appointed.

 

For more information on Boards and Commissions, click here or e-mail gov_officeofboardsandcommissions@state.co.us.